RAIDER REVIEW: The Prince Albert Raiders (7-25-1-1) close out a home-and-home series and their calendar of games before the holiday break tonight when they host the Swift Current Broncos (17-10-3-4) at the Art Hauser Centre. In the first leg of the home-and-home series, the Broncos skated to a 4-1 victory over the Raiders at the Credit Union i-Plex. Late in the first, Sahvan Khaira scored on a shot that deflected off two Raiders and past starting goaltender Nicholas Sanders. In the second, Carson Miller scored his second goal of the season to knot the game up at 1-1. With 6:38 remaining in the second, Aleksi Heponiemi found the back of the net when he pounced on a rebound following a spectacular save by Sanders. In the third, Ryan Graham extended the Broncos’ lead to 3-1 before Lane Pederson added an empty-net marker to round out the scoring. Sanders made 37 saves in a losing effort for the Raiders. Travis Child made 20 saves in the win for Swift Current.
VS. SWIFT CURRENT: This is the fifth meeting of the season between the Raiders and the Broncos and the third at the Art Hauser Centre. The Broncos have swept season series so far.
2016-17 SEASON SERIES RECAP
Sept. 30/16 at PA| SC 5 PA 2 | G. Gawdin (1g-1a), L. Pederson (1g-2a), A. Glover (1g-1a)
Oct. 8/16 at SC | SC 4 PA 3 | A. Heponiemi (3a), C. Spencer (GWG), T. Vanstone (1g)
Nov. 23/16 at PA | SC 3 PA 1 | R. Graham (2g), M. Lajoie (1g-1a), C. Leth (1g)
Dec. 16/16 at SC | SC 4 PA 1 | S. Khaira (1g-1a), A. Heponiemi (1g-1a), N. Sanders (37 saves)
Dec. 17/16 at PA
Jan. 7/17 at SC
Jan. 29/17 at SC
March 7/17 at PA
Power play – Prince Albert 3/19; Swift Current – 2/14
ON A HIGH NOTE: The final game prior to the holiday break has been kind to the Raiders in recent years. Since the 2010-11 season, the Raiders have won five of six contests before the team departs for the holidays. Last year, the Raiders knocked off the Brandon Wheat Kings 5-2 at the Art Hauser Centre.
FINDING PAY DIRT: It took a while for Carson Miller to light the lamp this season, but has started to heat up in the last week. The 16-year-old from Yorkton has scored both of his goals on the season in the past four games for the Raiders, including the first power-play goal of his career against the Broncos on Friday night. Miller now has two goals and four assists on the season.
NEXT UP: The Raiders get back in action following the holiday break on Tuesday, December 27 against the Saskatoon Blades in the first half of a two-night home-and-home series. Puck drop is 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here, in the Raider Office, or by calling 306-764-5348.